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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445785/staphylococcus-aureus-pore-forming-toxins-the-interface-of-pathogen-and-host-complexity
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REVIEW
E Sachiko Seilie, Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
Staphylococcus aureus is a prominent human pathogen capable of infecting a variety of host species and tissue sites. This versatility stems from the pathogen's ability to secrete diverse host-damaging virulence factors. Among these factors, the S. aureus pore-forming toxins (PFTs), α-toxin and the bicomponent leukocidins, have garnered much attention for their ability to lyse cells at low concentrations and modulate disease severity. Although many of these toxins were discovered nearly a century ago, their host cell specificity has only been elucidated over the past five to six years, starting with the discovery of the eukaryotic receptor for α-toxin and rapidly followed by identification of the leukocidin receptors...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445543/comparative-genomic-analysis-between-corynebacterium-pseudotuberculosis-strains-isolated-from-buffalo
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Marcus Vinicius Canário Viana, Henrique Figueiredo, Rommel Ramos, Luis Carlos Guimarães, Felipe Luiz Pereira, Fernanda Alves Dorella, Salah Abdel Karim Selim, Mohammad Salaheldean, Artur Silva, Alice R Wattam, Vasco Azevedo
Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis is a Gram-positive, pleomorphic, facultative intracellular pathogen that causes Oedematous Skin Disease (OSD) in buffalo. To better understand the pathogenic mechanisms of OSD, we performed a comparative genomic analysis of 11 strains of C. pseudotuberculosis isolated from different buffalo found to be infected in Egypt during an outbreak that occurred in 2008. Sixteen previously described pathogenicity islands (PiCp) were present in all of the new buffalo strains, but one of them, PiCp12, had an insertion that contained both a corynephage and a diphtheria toxin gene, both of which may play a role in the adaptation of C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445195/protective-effect-of-botulinum-toxin-type-a-against-atopic-dermatitis-like-skin-lesions-in-nc-nga-mice
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Sang Bum Han, Hyeree Kim, Sang Hyun Cho, Jin Ho Chung, Hei Sung Kim
BACKGROUND: Botulinum neurotoxin (BTX) A possesses various biological activities, including anti-inflammatory and antipruritic actions. Human and animal studies have shown that BTX is effective in treating histamine-induced itch, lichen simplex chronicus, psoriasis, rosacea, allergic rhinitis, and scar prevention. However, its effect on atopic dermatitis (AD) has not been studied yet. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of BTX on AD using a mouse model. The primary outcome was skin thickness and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and the secondary outcome was the alteration in skin severity scores, histological, and laboratory test results...
April 24, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445136/selective-eradication-of-cancer-cells-by-delivery-of-adenovirus-based-toxins
#4
Shiran Shapira, Assaf Shapira, Diana Kazanov, Gil Hevroni, Sarah Kraus, Nadir Arber
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: KRAS mutation is an early event in colorectal cancer carcinogenesis. We previously reported that a recombinant adenovirus, carrying a pro-apoptotic gene (PUMA) under the regulation of Ets/AP1 (RAS-responsive elements) suppressed the growth of cancer cells harboring hyperactive KRAS. We propose to exploit the hyperactive RAS pathway, rather than to inhibit it as was previously tried and failed repeatedly. We aim to improve efficacy by substituting PUMA with a more potent toxin, the bacterial MazF-MazE toxin-antitoxin system, under a very tight regulation...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444737/digest-know-your-poison-predictable-molecular-changes-confer-toxin-resistance-in-snakes
#5
Kalina T J Davies
The repeated independent evolution of similar features in divergent lineages, a process known as convergent evolution, has long been a source of fascination for both naturalists and evolutionary biologists. Until recently, this active area of research had been focused principally on the evolution of physical characteristics associated with novel traits (e.g. the independent evolution of wings in birds, bats and pterosaurs). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
April 26, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444195/dna-methylome-analysis-reveals-distinct-epigenetic-patterns-of-ascending-aortic-dissection-and-bicuspid-aortic-valve
#6
Sun Pan, Hao Lai, Yiru Shen, Charles Breeze, Stephan Beck, Tao Hong, Chunsheng Wang, Andrew E Teschendorff
Epigenetics may mediate the effects of environmental risk factors on disease, including heart disease. Thus, measuring the DNA methylome offers the opportunity to identify novel disease biomarkers and novel insights into disease mechanisms. The DNA methylation landscape of ascending aortic dissection (AD) and bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) with aortic aneurysmal dilatation remain uncharacterized. The present study aimed to explore the genome-wide DNA methylation landscape underpinning these two diseases. Methods and results: We used Illumina 450k DNA methylation beadarrays to analyze 21 ascending aorta samples, including 10 cases with AD, 5 with BAV and 6 healthy controls...
April 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443656/acyl-fluorides-fast-efficient-and-versatile-lysine-based-protein-conjugation-via-plug-and-play-strategy
#7
Igor Dovgan, Sylvain Ursuegui, Stéphane Erb, Chloé Michel, Sergii Kolodych, Sarah Cianférani, Alain Wagner
We report a plug-and-play strategy for the preparation of functionally enhanced antibodies with a defined average degree of conjugation (DoC). The first stage (plug) allows the controllable and efficient installation of azide groups on lysine residues of a native antibody using 4-azidobenzoyl fluoride. The second step (play) allows for versatile antibody functionalization with a single payload or combination of payloads, such as a toxin, a fluorophore, or an oligonucleotide, via copper-free strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC)...
April 26, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443386/association-of-renal-function-and-symptoms-with-mortality-in-star-fruit-averrhoa-carambola-intoxication
#8
Choon-Bing Chua, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Huan-Wen Tsui, Po-Jen Yang, Kuo-Hsin Lee, Chih-Wei Hsu, I-Ting Tsai
BACKGROUND: Star fruit (SF) is a commonly available fruit produced and eaten in tropical and subtropical countries. Since 1993, various reports have described neurotoxicity after eating SF, but this clinical condition remains unfamiliar. We aimed to describe this clinical entity, the role of renal dysfunction in this disorder, treatment strategies, and prognosis of patients with SF intoxication. METHODS: We conducted a search of PubMed and Google Scholar databases from 1993 to 2016...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443248/shiga-toxin-subtypes-of-non-o157-escherichia-coli-serogroups-isolated-from-cattle-feces
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Pragathi B Shridhar, Chris Siepker, Lance W Noll, Xiaorong Shi, T G Nagaraja, Jianfa Bai
Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are important foodborne pathogens responsible for human illnesses. Cattle are a major reservoir that harbor the organism in the hindgut and shed in the feces. Shiga toxins (Stx) are the primary virulence factors associated with STEC illnesses. The two antigenically distinct Stx types, Stx1 and Stx2, encoded by stx1 and stx2 genes, share approximately 56% amino acid sequence identity. Genetic variants exist within Stx1 and Stx2 based on differences in amino acid composition and in cytotoxicity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443227/surveillance-of-bacillus-cereus-isolates-in-korea-from-2012-to-2014
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Su-Mi Jung, Nan-Ok Kim, Injun Cha, Hae-Young Na, Gyung Tae Chung, Hyo Sun Kawk, Sahyun Hong
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence and toxin production characteristics of non-emetic and emetic Bacillus cereus strains isolated via the laboratory surveillance system in Korea. METHODS: A total of 667 B. cereus strains were collected by the Korea National Research Institute of Health laboratory surveillance system from 2012 to 2014. The collected strains were analyzed by geographical region, season, patient age, and patient sex. Additionally, the prevalence rates of enterotoxin and emetic toxin genes were evaluated...
February 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443076/rstb-regulates-expression-of-the-photobacterium-damselae-subsp-damselae-major-virulence-factors-damselysin-phobalysin-p-and-phobalysin-c
#11
Mateus S Terceti, Amable J Rivas, Laura Alvarez, Manuel Noia, Felipe Cava, Carlos R Osorio
The marine pathogenic bacterium Photobacterium damselae subsp. damselae causes septicemia in marine animals and in humans. The pPHDD1 plasmid-encoded hemolysins damselysin (Dly) and phobalysin P (PhlyP), and the chromosome-encoded hemolysin phobalysin C (PhlyC) constitute its main virulence factors. However, the mechanisms by which expression of these three hemolysins is regulated remain unknown. Here we report the isolation of a mini-Tn10 transposon mutant which showed a strong impairment in its hemolytic activity...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442998/glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-gene-delivery-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-delicate-balance-between-neuroprotection-trophic-effects-and-unwanted-compensatory-mechanisms
#12
REVIEW
Liliane Tenenbaum, Marie Humbert-Claude
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and Neurturin (NRTN) bind to a receptor complex consisting of a member of the GDNF family receptor (GFR)-α and the Ret tyrosine kinase. Both factors were shown to protect nigro-striatal dopaminergic neurons and reduce motor symptoms when applied terminally in toxin-induced Parkinson's disease (PD) models. However, clinical trials based on intraputaminal GDNF protein administration or recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV)-mediated NRTN gene delivery have been disappointing...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442482/a-bag3-coding-variant-in-mice-determines-susceptibility-to-ischemic-limb-muscle-myopathy-by-directing-autophagy
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Joseph M McClung, Timothy J McCord, Terence E Ryan, Cameron A Schmidt, Thomas D Green, Kevin W Southerland, Jessica L Reinardy, Sarah B Mueller, Talaignair N Venkatraman, Christopher D Lascola, Sehoon Keum, Douglas A Marchuk, Espen E Spangenburg, Ayotunde O Dokun, Brian H Annex, Christopher D Kontos
Background -Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a manifestation of peripheral artery disease (PAD) that carries significant mortality and morbidity risk in humans, although its genetic determinants remain largely unknown. We previously discovered two overlapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) in mice, Lsq-1 and Civq-1, that affected limb muscle survival and stroke volume following femoral artery or middle cerebral artery ligation, respectively. Here we report that a Bag3 variant (Ile81Met) segregates with tissue protection from hindlimb ischemia (HLI)...
April 25, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442419/a-sulfated-galactans-supplemented-diet-enhances-the-expression-of-immune-genes-and-protects-against-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-infection-in-shrimp
#14
Tawut Rudtanatip, Nantavadee Boonsri, Somluk Asuvapongpatana, Boonsirm Withyachamnarnkul, Kanokpan Wongprasert
A sulfated galactans (SG) supplemented diet was evaluated for the potential to stimulate immune activity in shrimp Penaeus vannamei (P. vannamei). Shrimp given the SG supplemented diet (0.5, 1 and 2% w/w) for 7 days showed enhanced expression of the downstream signaling mediator of lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan binding protein (LGBP) and immune related genes including p-NF-κB, IMD, IKKβ and IKKε, antimicrobial peptide PEN-4, proPO-I and II. Following immersion with Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V. parahaemolyticus) for 14 days, the shrimp given the SG supplemented diet (1 and 2% w/w) showed a decrease in bacterial colonies and bacterial toxin gene expression, compared to shrimp given a normal diet, and they reached 50% mortality at day 14...
April 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442111/toxicity-assessment-and-screening-of-tetrodotoxin-in-the-oblong-blowfish-takifugu-oblongus-from-the-tamil-nadu-coast-of-bay-of-bengal-india
#15
S M Indumathi, S S Khora
OBJECTIVE: To assess the toxicity of the pufferfish Takifugu oblongus, from Chennai coast, Tamil Nadu, India and to detect the presence of Tetrodotoxin (TTX). METHODS: The toxicity was evaluated by mouse bioassay using Swiss Albino mice which were expressed in mouse units (MU). Gross anatomical features were observed which is followed by histopathology of the dead mice tissues to establish the toxicity. Instrumental analysis for the presence of tetrodotoxin was also performed through GC-MS and HPLC...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441827/-colonization-rate-of-clostridium-difficile-in-healthy-children
#16
Y Wang, S Guo, C N Zhao, X W Xu
Objective: To learn the colonization of Clostridium difficile in local healthy children and to investigate the colonization rate and toxin types of Clostridium difficile at different ages. Method: From September 2014 to January 2015 in a case observational study, healthy children's fecal specimens from the health care department of Beijing Children's Hospital were collected. The children were divided into four groups according to age: <1 year old(n=53), 1-<3 years old(n=50), 3-<6 years old(n=50) and 6-<14 years old(n=50) respectively...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441413/langerhans-cells-prevent-subbasal-nerve-damage-and-upregulate-neurotrophic-factors-in-dry-eye-disease
#17
Eun Young Choi, Hyun Goo Kang, Chul Hee Lee, Areum Yeo, Hye Mi Noh, Nayeong Gu, Myoung Joon Kim, Jong Suk Song, Hyeon Chang Kim, Hyung Keun Lee
The functional role of Langerhans cells (LCs) in ocular surface inflammation and nerve damage in dry eye (DE) disease has yet to be determined. This study was performed to investigate this relationship through both clinical study on DE patients and in vivo mouse models with induced DE disease. In a cross-sectional case-control study (54 eyes of DE patients; 34 eyes of control patients), average cell density, area, and process length of LCs were measured using confocal microscopy. Data were analyzed to determine whether changes in LCs are correlated with subbasal nerve plexus (SNP) parameters (nerve density, beading, and tortuosity)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441004/insights-into-the-mechanisms-by-which-clostridial-neurotoxins-discriminate-between-gangliosides
#18
Joshua R Burns, Gregory S Lambert, Michael R Baldwin
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) and Tetanus neurotoxin (TeNT) are the causative agents of the paralytic diseases botulism and tetanus, respectively. Entry of toxins into neurons is mediated through initial interactions with gangliosides, followed by binding to a protein co-receptor. Herein we aimed to understand the mechanism through which individual neurotoxins recognize the carbohydrate motif of gangliosides. Using cell-based and in vitro binding assays, in conjunction with structure-driven site directed mutagenesis, a conserved hydrophobic residue within the BoNTs that contributes to both affinity and specificity towards Sia5-containing gangliosides was identified...
April 25, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440187/genetic-modifications-of-icosahedral-plant-virus-based-nanoparticles-for-vaccine-and-immunotherapy-applications
#19
Kannan Badri Narayanan, Sung Soo Han
Vaccine development is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Vaccines made of live-attenuated pathogens can revert to virulent live strains, which causes safety concerns. On the other hand, the use of purified antigenic components as subunit vaccines is safer, but less effective, as these components induce lower levels of protective immunity. Multiple copy presentation of an antigenic determinant in a well-ordered and well-defined orientation on a nanosized particle can mimic the natural host-pathogen surface interaction to provide antigen stability and immunogenicity similar to that of conventional vaccines with improved safety...
April 24, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439627/nigral-injection-of-a-proteasomal-inhibitor-lactacystin-induces-widespread-glial-cell-activation-and-shows-various-phenotypes-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-young-and-adult-mouse
#20
Mari H Savolainen, Katrina Albert, Mikko Airavaara, Timo T Myöhänen
Proteinaceous inclusions, called Lewy bodies, are used as a pathological hallmark for Parkinson's disease (PD). Lewy bodies contain insoluble α-synuclein (aSyn) and many other ubiquitinated proteins, suggesting a role for protein degradation system failure in the PD pathogenesis. Indeed, proteasomal dysfunction has been linked to PD but commonly used in vivo toxin models, such as 6-OHDA or MPTP, do not have a significant effect on the proteasomal system or protein aggregation. Therefore, we wanted to study the characteristics of a proteasomal inhibitor, lactacystin, as a PD model on young and adult mice...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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